Archive: Issue No. 132, August 2008

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9.08.08 Applications for photography workshop invited
9.08.08 Call for proposals for Month of Photography 4
9.08.08 Spier Performing Arts Festival calls for candidates
9.08.08 'Walk of Art' Festival 2009 invites participants
9.08.08 Thupelo Cape Town presents a Found Object Workshop
9.08.08 SOUTH calls for entries
9.08.08 Advanced Course in Photography at the Market Photo Workshop
9.08.08 Entries open for Vuleka Art Competition


11.05.08 Call for Applications: First International Master of Media.Art.Histories


6.07.08 Greatmore Studios calls for artists to contribute to a celebratory raffle event

10.06.08 Mosaic Mural Art Competition

11.05.08 Vuleka Art Competition invites entries

6.04.08 Carrol Boyes Announces Theme for METAL 2008

02.12.07 Specs journal invites submissions

01.04.07 Call for Submissions: Africa Biennale 2008

04.02.07 AVA's Artreach fund invites applications


2.03.08 GoodHopeArt studios invites applications for residency


6.07.08 Art Gallery for sale in Johannesburg

10.02.08 AVA subscriptions renewal


Applications for photography workshop invited

A two-day workshop with Stephen Shore will be hosted at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in partnership with the Roger Ballen Foundation. Additional sponsorship is provided by the US Consulate General in Cape Town.

Shore (1947-) lives in the US and is known for his pioneering use of colour photography as a fine art medium. He has exhibited internationally and his work is housed in many important museums and significant collections. Shore has greatly influenced contemporary photographers such as Andreas Gursky, Martin Parr, Thomas Struth and Nan Goldin. His publications include Uncommon Places, The Nature of Photographs and American Surfaces. He has held the position of Professor of Photography at Bard University, New York since 1982.

The workshop will take the form of a critique session at which the work of the participants will be assessed and discussed by Shore in the group.

Participation in the full duration of the workshop is a stipulation. Additionally, there will be lectures at Michaelis at 1pm on October 14 and 15, and attendance of these talks is strongly encouraged.

Enrolment is restricted to 18 participants and selection will be determined by the quality of a submitted portfolio. The portfolio should include either digital or hardcopy of not more than 10 images. No images will be returned. Digital files bigger than 2 MB will be deleted and the corresponding applications will not be reviewed. We will review images on artist's websites and postings on host sites such as flickr.

Application forms should be returned by September 1 to: Svea Josephy, c/o Michealis School of Fine Art, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Western Cape
Workshop takes place 8am - 12pm, October 15 and 16 2008
Photography Department, Michaelis School of Fine Art, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town.

Call for proposals for Month of Photography 4

'Emergence and Emergency', the theme of Month of Photography 4 (MoP4), suggests the paradoxical character of societies in transition: growth and destruction, calamity and opportunity. South Africa is still extricating itself from the tenacious hold of apartheid and its ramifications, emerging from its isolation to become part of a globalised world. Both locally and internationally, we are faced with unprecedented crises that demand new and extraordinary ways of being and doing in order to meet the challenges we are confronted with. We are, in many ways, 'on the brink' with both its positive and negative implications. In this terrifying and exciting landscape, fresh, dynamic photographies have been emerging. MoP4 sets out to give them exposure.

Photographers, artists, gallerists, curators, historians and writers are invited to submit proposals for photographic-based exhibitions, events, installations, talks and/or catalogue essays for MoP4, the Photographic Triennial Festival in October 2008. Entitled 'Emergence and Emergency', this 4th Cape Town Month of Photography will be based in Cape Town with the core event at the Castle of Good Hope and other events and exhibitions around the city and intercities.

Entries open from Tues July 15 - Fri Aug 1 2008

Festival Office, 46 Orange St. cnr. Beckham and Orange
Tel Jess 082 681 5513 or Jenny 082 935 5522

Spier Performing Arts Festival calls for candidates

The 'Infecting the City' Festival (February 2009) is looking for additional participants for our project to make a series of large-scale collaborative site-specific performance works in the Cape Town CBD. Candidates should be established, experienced creatives from any field, interested in collaboration, and in making cutting-edge innovative outdoor works. Collaborative teams will include local participants, artists from SADC countries and abroad from an array of fields (carnival/parade, fine art, design, performance art, theatre, dance etc.)

Participants will be put in touch with each other via email from October, and will be engaged fulltime from mid-January till the end of February when the foreign artists are here in residency. The preproduction phase will include a series of stimulating lectures, workshops and excursions problematising and investigating the theme of the project: 'Home Affairs' (looking at notions of insiders/outsiders, inclusion/exclusion, national/foreigner).

If you are interested please send a motivation and cv by Friday August 8 to:

'Walk of Art' Festival 2009 invites participants

The Walk of Art Festival brings the artists to the art lovers and other members of the greater Cape Town area. Exhibitors and visitors together celebrate the creative spirit of the city. We are looking for artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, new media) and related industries to participate in what is likely to be the largest open air art event in Cape Town.

On February 28 and March 1, a wide range of artists will showcase their work. Visitors will be enlisted through an extensive media campaign and viral marketing campaign to ensure established art lovers attend as well as introducing newcomers to the pleasure of art. We aim to attract 5 000 people to the festival over two days.

Although this event falls outside of the Oranjekloof CID official boundaries, we have already enjoyed input, advice and support from them. We welcome more of this kind of interaction from enterprises that share the vision of this festival.VEO Gallery is one of our stakeholders and we have enjoyed very constructive input from them. Hopefully this synergy can take us far into the future.

Sponsorship opportunities exist for a brand to align with Walk of Art and receive reciprocal value through the marketing of their services and products and receiving exposure from the extensive media campaign.

Every R10 entrance fee that is collected at the gate will be donated directly to a not for profit organisation. The Park itself is in great need of support from the community to compliment the work that is done by Friends of De Waal Park.

For more information, contact:

Amanda Moore 082 925 5701,; Martin Pienaar 082 373 3446 or (021) 424 3373,; Glynis Coetzee

Thupelo Cape Town presents a Found Object Workshop

Thupelo Cape Town invites applications for a Found Object Workshop.

The workshop takes place from Friday September 26, with an open day exhibition of work in progress on Saturday October 11. Thupelo workshops are artist-led and are initiated in response to a need for interaction between artists. This workshop will include 20 artists; all with experience in their various practices and able to experiment, exchange ideas and skills and expand their practices.

'The concentration of so much energy and commitment into a short period of time encourages risk-taking and experimentation that might not happen in the artist's own studio. At the same time the process of exchange that lies at the heart of the [Thupelo] Workshops based on the Triangle model often has a long-term influence on the practice and sometimes the lives of the participants. The strong emphasis on process rather than product engendered by the workshops means that the work made and exhibited at the workshop open days is often not finished work', says Robert Loder of these events.

We invite established visual artists to apply to work in this dynamic, stimulating two week workshop at Greatmore Studios. Applications in all media will be accepted. Artists should bring to the workshop their own found objects, tools, paints, scrap paper, cameras etc. Applicants need to commit to working all day, everyday. There is no budget for accommodation or transport. Visit to see previous workshop results

Workshop Dates: September 26 - October 11,2008

Application deadline: Monday August 25

For more information or to submit applications, contact:

The Thupelo Cape Town Selection Committee
PO Box 250

Tel: (021) 447 9699
Fax: (021) 447 9699
Email: or

SOUTH calls for entries

SOUTH seeks to uncover the finest examples of South African creativity across a broad spectrum of disciplines and forms. And, for the first time on one platform, showcase a dazzling array of our finest creative produce.

A celebration of the gloriously positive, idiosyncratically naïve, ridiculously sardonic, richly contradictory, relentlessly spontaneous creative imagination inherent in our (don't cry now) beloved country. SOUTH seeks to encapsulate the bold, lawless, cheeky, crossover, politically incorrect flavour of our South African creative psyche.

Because SOUTH is the new north, a complete turnaround of the planet stereotype, there is nothing finite or predictable about what we are looking for.

Where the north may exhibit an ordered sense of detached coolness, SOUTH is a thundering stampede of chaos and heat.

A happy accident of third and first worlds.
A vibe. A jol.
A state of mind.
Embracing contradiction and collision.
That iconic crossroad: where earthy Afrika meets contemporary design.

The kind of creative excellence that will best influence the judges is neither black nor white, nor ethnic, nor neutral, nor euro, nor west, nor east. It's a harmony out of contradiction. A balance of extremes. That fine line between order and chaos. SOUTH seeks executions that capture the soul of this mystique.

Gloriously positive, ridiculously naïve, relentlessly spontaneous. Bold, lawless, cheeky, crossover, politically incorrect. About finding a home for sacred cows - the braaivleis. About changing the world by Making A Difference.

Hoezit pap and sushi. Sawubona high class elephant dung ashtrays. Viva our rather shweeet giant plastic chicken installation.

If that fusion crossover is about to become a blur, look no further than our most distinctive footprint, our past and current legends, the SOUTH Hall of Fame.

SOUTH is presented by the Creative Alliance, which is Design Indaba, The Loeries and Creative Circle.

For entry forms and more information visit:

Enquiries: Michael Purdham at Interactive Africa
Tel: (021) 465 9966
Fax: (021) 465 9978

Advanced Course in Photography at the Market Photo Workshop

The Market Photo Workshop is offering an Advanced Course which aims to provide students with the structure and support necessary to develop an independent and self-motivated body of photographic work. Specialist presenters and trainers will offer a range of core (essential) and optional (elective) topics through workshops, seminars, lectures, presentations and practicals.

The type of student envisaged for this course is someone who has successfully completed (with recommendation) a Photo Workshop Intermediate Course; or an equivalent level of course (and achievement) from another institution; and who can demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge in a presentation of their portfolio.

The emphasis is on independent learning (with support from mentors and trainers), and students should already be able to articulate and define their own area/s of interest and expertise.

The course fee is R7000 and we encourage students to apply for bursaries and awards to assist them with fees and other study costs. Bursaries and awards are granted on the basis of financial need, work progress and course participation. This course is generously supported by the Australian High Commission.

The Advanced Course starts on August 20, 2008 and formally ends on March 13, 2009 (with an optional additional fourth term).

For application and bursary requirements, please contact Babalwa Mtanga:
Tel: (011) 834 1444

Entries open for Vuleka Art Competition

Art.b is once again hosting the Vuleka Art Competition until September 24, 2008. Vuleka is annually held in conjunction with Sanlam. Vuleka is the isiXhosa word for 'open' and in this context can be interpreted in numerous ways.

The competition is open to artists 18 years and older who have not had a solo exhibition in the past three years. It encourages creativity, innovation and adventurous art, and is accessible to all cultures. Selected artists from the competition currently have the opportunity to be part of an exhibition in the Art.b Gallery, which is well known for its versatile exhibition space.

The categories are: best work in oil, acrylic or watercolour; best three-dimensional work (including ceramic) and best work in another medium including photography. Prize money for each category is R5 000 and the overall winner will receive a return flight ticket to Paris and R10 000. Last year Leonie van Staden was the overall winner with her work Die Kombuis.

Entries are open from Monday August 18 until 3pm, Friday August 22

Opening exhibition of selected works: 6.30pm, Wednesday September 3

For enquiries contact Maxie:
Tel: (021) 918 2301


Call for Applications: First International Master of Media.Art.Histories

The postgraduate programme MediaArtHistories at the Department for Image Science offers a two-year low residency course of study leading to an MA degree. It conveys the most important developments of contemporary art through a network of renowned international theorists, artists, curators and many others.

Artists and programmers give new insights into the latest and most controversial software, interface developments and their interdisciplinary and intercultural praxis. Keywords are: Strategies of Interaction and Interface Design, Social Software, Immersion and Emotion, and Artistic Invention. Using online databases and other modern aids, knowledge of computer animation, net art, interactive, telematic and genetic art as well as the most recent reflections on nano art, CAVE installations, augmented reality and wearables are introduced. Historical derivations that go far back into art and media history are tied in intriguing ways to digital art. Important approaches and methods from Image Science, Media Archaeology, and the History of Science and Technology will be discussed.

MediaArtHistories MA is based on the international praxis and expertise in Curation, Collecting, Preserving and Archiving and Researching in the Media Arts. What are the conditions necessary for a wider consideration of media art works and of new media in these collections of the international contemporary art scene? And in which way can new Databases and other scientific tools of structuring and visualising data provide new contexts and enhance our understanding of semantics?

For further Information:

First International Master of MediaArtHistories
Department for Image Science
Danube University Krems
Dr. Karl Dorrek Strasse 30
A-3500 Krems
Tel: 0043 2732 893 2569
Fax: 0043 2732 893 4551


Greatmore Studios calls for artists to contribute to a celebratory raffle event

2008 finds Greatmore Studios celebrating its 10th anniversary. To celebrate and reflect on the extraordinary impact that the studios and Thupelo Cape Town have had in the community, in Southern Africa and abroad, the board of Greatmore Studios has proposed to host a raffle draw. For the raffle to be realised, artists who have been identified for their important contributions to contemporary art making in South Africa have been asked to donate a work on paper, less than 100 x 70cm in size, in any medium: print, painting, photography or digital. Tickets will be sold for R1600 or 100 pounds each, with the hope that each ticket holder will receive a work of art. Greatmore Studios has already received commitments from many artists, including several internationally known SA artists.

Artists who have not yet received a special invite but feel affiliated with the studios and its various projects, are asked to kindly share in this occasion by submitting artwork for this cause. The funds raised from this initiative will go towards an ongoing development project at the studios. Artwork must be submitted for inclusion in this special raffle by July 31, 2008 and artists are invited to join us at the studios on November 14, 2008 for a day long celebration and raffle draw. Artists working in Johannesburg are encouraged to drop off work at the Bag Factory ( in Newtown Johannesburg (10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg) with either James French or Phillip, while artists working in the Eastern Cape are encouraged to drop off work at the Ann Bryant Gallery at 9 St Marks Road, Belgravia, East London.

For further information, please contact Mishkaah Roberts or Tambudzai Sibanda on (021) 4479 699

Mosaic Mural Art Competition

In celebration of the completion of their new building in Hermanus, the Enlighten Education Trust (EET) has launched an exciting Mosaic Art Competition.

The winning design will be used to decorate the outside wall of the new centre. Prize monies total an unbelievable R61 000 and any person between the age of 18 and 30, living between Gansbaai and Cape Town may enter. Entry is free and groups are encouraged to enter. Workshops will be held to assist entrants with the practical aspects of designing a mosaic mural. EET works hard to improve the quality of education and life of communities in the Overstrand. Their new Centre will provide space for education and skills training to local communities. This is your opportunity as a young, non-professional artist to develop new skills and kick-start your career as a professional artist.

Entry forms are available at local community and art centres, secondary schools and libraries or online at You can also simply SMS the word 'mosaic' to 32545 to enter.

Vuleka Art Competition invites entries

Calling all artists! With the prize money doubled and a ticket to Paris for the overall winner, enter now for the Vuleka Art Competition.

'Vuleka' is the isiXhosa word for 'open' and that means this prestigious national art competition is open to any artist (18 years and older) who has not had a solo exhibition in the past three years. Only original works of art completed during 2007/2008 may be entered. Vuleka is hosted annually by The Arts Association of Bellville (art.b).

It is aimed at encouraging creativity, innovation and adventurous art from all cultures. Selected artists from the competition will also participate in an exhibition in Bellville's art.b Gallery from September 3 - 24, 2008. Artists may enter unlimited artworks in one or more of the following categories:

- Paintings in oil, watercolour or acrylic
- Three-dimensional works, including ceramics
- Works in any other medium, including photography

Apart from a winner in each of these categories, the best artwork overall will be selected. For the overall winner a cheque of R10 000 and a return flight ticket to Paris are waiting. The visit to Paris offers the winner the opportunity to gain new inspiration in the arts and broaden his/her horizons. Prize money of R5 000 is at stake for each category winner.The artists may offer their works for sale.

For entry forms/particulars, contact Maxie Oosthuizen:

Tel: (021) 918 2301

Closing date for entries: 3pm, Friday, August 22

Exhibition of selected works opens Wednesday September 3

Carrol Boyes Announces Theme for METAL 2008

Ever searching for fresh new design talent across South Africa, Carrol Boyes Functional Art (CBFA) has announced the theme for the METAL 2008 New Designer Search: 'Frame'.

METAL is the fourth annual New Designer Search designed to discover and nurture new product design talent in South Africa. METAL invites aspirant designers to submit a prototype based on a specific theme.

Organisers of this year's initiative invite aspirant product designers to create a prototype of a frame - a structure that can contain or border any article of beauty such as a mirror, an artwork, an image, an item of jewellery or the like. Carrol Boyes, arguably one of South Africa's most commercially successful product designers, explains her choice of theme: 'A frame may hold a special memory, reflect a shared moment or simply contain a gift from someone close. I would like to encourage entrants to be inspired by these moments whilst designing and creating their prototypes so that these may reflect their uniqueness. I hope the theme inspires designers to create something completely original in form.'

For more information: Tel: (021) 462 3129

Specs journal invites submissions

Specs is a journal of contemporary culture and arts at Rollins College that aims to create sympathetic interfaces between artistic and critical practices. The editors invite submissions of creative and/or critical work for the annual Fall 2008 print and web issue. We seek works of fiction, non-fiction, cultural criticism, artwork, poetry, and pieces that blur genre boundaries.

The editorial board consists of writers and academics from various fields. The editors are excited by specialty, an excess of detail, fragments, narratives, meta-narratives, and more.

The deadline for poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, and art is March 3, 2008. We accept simultaneous submissions of creative work, as long as we receive prompt notice of acceptance elsewhere. Please limit prose submissions to under 6000 words and poetry submissions to 10-12 pages.

Email submissions as word attachments to

Remember to include a brief cover letter indicating whether you wish to be considered for the print edition, the web edition, or both. Please be advised that colour artwork with heavy graphics will only be considered for the web edition. Artwork for the print edition is limited to black on white work (4 x 7 dimensions).

Please also indicate the type/genre of submission in the subject heading (Poetry, Fiction, etc.).

We are also seeking art, fiction, poetry, and critical work that limits itself to one-page pieces for ONE/OFF, a special interactive section of Specs. In this section, we hope to force interactions between the print and web edition.

For more information, visit:

Call for Submissions: Africa Biennale 2008

This is an open call for submissions by contemporary African visual artists to the Africa Biennale 2008. AVANT CAR GUARD is proud to announce having secured both operational support and project funding from the art world and corporate entities, and in this capacity will be producing a prestigious showcase of this country's hidden secrets to the art world. As we know Africa is a country that has long operated outside the world, and it's time to bring the world back into the fold and celebrate together the riches of this often misunderstood and mysterious country.

Avant Car Guard
Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: (021) 123 4567

AVA's Artreach fund invites applications

The Association For Visual Arts' Artreach fund was founded by committee members in the late 1980s to help raise funds for various charities in Cape Town. In the 1990s it was transformed into a more focused fund for the financial assistance of visual artists. To date, AVA's Artreach fund has sponsored art materials, art studio rentals, workshop fees, art tuition, art classes for children in Langa, a sculpture peace park, a street youth drawing project, a gallery in an art school, art catalogues, exhibition expenses for shows at AVA, framing charges and production costs for exhibitions.

AVA's Artreach programme is an initiative aimed at broadening opportunities for visual artists in South Africa by creating artmaking possibilities, by encouraging art education, by promoting through exposure, and by advancing cultural production across a wide spectrum of visual arts media. The programme is co-sponsored by Absolut Vodka and with Lottery funding.

The Artreach committee meets on a monthly basis. For details with regards to applications Please check


GoodHopeArt studios invites applications for residency

GoodHopeArt is a dynamic organisation that provides working studio and exhibition space for local and international professional visual artists to develop their artistic practice. To participate in this special exchange, please contact Nico Eilers on nico.eilers@telkomsa.netor alternatively phone 083 285 78 74. GoodHope Art also facilitates art bridging workshops and life drawing classes for emerging artists.


Art Gallery for sale in Johannesburg

An independent Joburg art gallery, well positioned at landmark location in the Rosebank gallery district, with frontage onto a busy road with thousands of cars passing per day, is for sale.

Approx 100m2 customised as a contemporary gallery space, operating as a successful art gallery for 4 years. While suited to being a gallery, the space is not limited to this function. The space includes 2 main rooms, plus back office, storage room and bathrooms. There is currently 2 years left of the rental agreement.

The gallery has great relationships with media, a high profile and a history of successful solo and group shows. The current owner wishes to pursue other interests in the arts, and is willing to maintain a relationship with the new owner.

For more information, contact Kate Joseph

Tel: 072 229 9613

AVA subscriptions renewal

The AVA reminds subscribers to request the renewal of subscriptions. Subscriptions run a full calendar year, from January to end December and are now due, as follows:

Single: R85
Couple: R140
Pensioner: R35
Student: R35

Cheques and postal orders to be made out to AVA or to the Association for Visual Arts. Bank details for direct deposits:

FNB, Long St
Br: 201709
Acc No: 50061874340
Current Account
please use your whole name and surname as reference

Paid-up members will receive a membership card which entitles them to a 10% discount on all purchases at the following art shops:
Artsource, Campus Art and Hardware and Ruth Prowse Art Shop

Association for Visual Arts
35 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa,
Phone: +27-21 424-7436,
Fax: +27-21 423-2637,